President Obama’s newly ‘re-formed’ arm, Organizing for America, sent its chief mouthpiece, Chairman Jim Messina to CBS This Morning to try to spin the fact that the group is selling access to the White House and the president.
The former Obama campaign manager sat with Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell in a futile attempt to explain the move that even the left-wing media sees as egregious.
In the following exchange, provided by Mediaite, he tried to sell the organization as a grassroots effort and avoid the question of selling access:
“Will they have access to the president?” Rose repeated bluntly. Messina said the president he will “communicate to his grassroots supporters and ask for their help.”
Rose followed up, “In the White House?”
No, Messina said. “There will be events where our supporters are briefed about what he is doing,” he informed, adding that “this organization’s only goal is to help this president pass his agenda.”
At this point, Norah O’Donnell jumped in, conveying that Messina surely must understand the concern over the issue. “You have said that people who contribute $50,000 or more may have an opportunity to meet with the president, cabinet members, all of you who are very close to the president,” she remarked, observing that Messina wasn’t exactly ruling out a meeting with Obama.
“Isn’t this exactly a double standard?” she asked. “You ran a whole campaign about Mitt Romney‘s secrecy and access to special interests — and now you’ve got people who can contribute unlimited amounts of money and the president will go talk to them.”
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